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- Quality and Engineering: “Automotive manufacturers and suppliers are establishing new yardsticks conforming to ISO/TS 16949 in China – Extended workbenches on the way to quality leadership”
- Beschaffung aktuell “ISO 9001:2015 – New quality assurance conditions” (adresses the consequences of the ISO 9001 Revision on the EN 9100 family)
ISO Focus Nov-Dec 2015
DEKRA’s tenth year as a partner of Formula Student Germany
Talented young engineers go full throttle
- More than 100 college racing teams from 24 countries taking part
- Electric and gas-powered racecars built by the teams at the starting line
- Technical acceptance inspection with DEKRA motorsports experts
For the tenth time, young engineers from all over the world are to descend on the Hockenheim circuit for a unique week of racing: At Formula Student Germany (FSG) from July 28 to August 2, 2015, over 100 college teams from 24 countries will be competing in racing cars that they have designed and built themselves. The expert organization DEKRA has been an official technical partner since 2006, so this marks the tenth year of its involvement.
“In Formula Student, DEKRA experts support the teams and the organizers with their professional expertise and vast experience in vehicle type testing as well as from our involvement in motorsports,” said Dr. Gerd Neumann, Chairman of the Management Board of DEKRA Automobil GmbH. “We want to help ensure a safe Formula Student Germany – just like in the DTM, for example.”
DEKRA’s contribution to the safety of FSG includes not only participating in “scrutineering”, the on-site technical acceptance inspection, but starts long before the week of racing at Hockenheim: The rules state that the racecars must undergo extensive tests by experts and prove their safety characteristics. For instance, the safety cell – regardless of whether it is designed as a tubular trellis frame or as a carbon monocoque – must successfully pass computer-based strength tests by experts at the DEKRA Automobile Test Center (DATC) in Klettwitz. Next, the crash structure must also be tested, either by DEKRA or by another institute.
In the actual technical acceptance inspection at the Hockenheim circuit, in which the DEKRA experts are heavily involved, the scrutineers then check all safety-relevant components. They also monitor compliance with the rules – from the vehicle’s weight to the driver’s clothing. In the electric vehicles, the high-voltage components receive special attention.
In the Formula Student Electric category, 38 teams will be at the starting line this year in electric racecars, while 71 teams are participating in the traditional Formula Student Combustion division. The field of participants is again very international, with teams coming from colleges in 17 European countries as well as from the USA, Canada, Egypt, Pakistan, India, China, and Thailand.
“Formula Student is an important platform for DEKRA as a globally positioned expert organization,” said Dr. Gerd Neumann. “We are constantly on the lookout for qualified engineers – for our automotive services as well as the fields of industry, construction, and real estate. We are working on many different levels to promote young engineering talent. Formula Student is one of our commitments here.”
The winners of the Formula Student competition are not the fastest drivers, but the teams with the best overall package of design, racing performance, financial planning, and marketing. This year, DEKRA will again be awarding a special prize for the teams that are best prepared with their vehicles in the technical acceptance inspection
Revision of ISO standard 9001 – What it means in practice
Planning the changeover to the 2015 version – Our proposal
This time, there will be a three-year transition period after the revised standard comes into force. This will give you sufficient time to organise an effective and outcome-driven process for obtaining the ISO 9001:2015 certificate. No actual measures should be implemented until the text of the final draft is available (published by Beuth).
A prudent method would be to draw up an internal action plan from July 2015 which covers all the steps: from training based on the new standard through to the final changeover. These steps include:
1. Nominating the staff responsible for effecting the changeover; possibly also setting up a project team
2. Providing training to the project team on the content of the new standard. We would be more than willing to assist here. Click the following link to view our new training schedule: 9001:2015 standard revision – Training schedule
3. Identifying the individual differences between the old and the new standard with regard to your quality management system:
- Identify which of your QMS components are affected by the requirements of the new standard
- Are all requirements met? Are there any gaps? Which solutions would it make sense to preserve?
- Don’t forget to take the key topics and changes in ISO 9001:2015 into account:
- Can I exploit the advantages of the new structure e.g. in the integrated management systems?
- Has risk-based thinking been implemented in the PDCA process to support the process-oriented approach?
- Is use made of the leaner documentation requirements for the QM system to facilitate clearer specification of the processes?
- Internal awareness-raising of the importance of context analysis as the new basis of the management system
- Greater managerial responsibility for implementation of the QMS and its effectiveness
- Adoption of the “Improve customer satisfaction by achieving expected results” approach
4. Drawing up an action plan including: time frame, persons involved and actions required to achieve successful changeover
- Which internal groups of people are affected?
- What training is required?
- What action is necessary to raise awareness levels among the management and staff?
5. Updating QMS
Once the staff have been trained, the results of the internal delta analysis can be used as the basis for updating the QMS processes and procedures, including modifying and supplementing the documentation.
If required, we can also arrange a DELTA audit to assess the certifiability of your QMS to the new standard. Further information can be obtained from: Delta Audits ISO 9001:2008 vs. ISO 9001:2015
Are you on schedule with your action plan? If so, you should be able to estimate when would be the best time for a changeover audit to the new standard in your company. Contact us for a quotation for ISO 9001:2015 certification.
6. Internally assessing the effectiveness of your QMS:
Everything covered? Have all the requirements been met and has all necessary documentation concerning implementation of the revised ISO 9001 been evaluated?
7. Once you have ascertained the effectiveness of your modified QMS, you can arrange an appointment for the changeover audit.
The right time for a change over audit
When should I change to ISO 9001:2015?
Here are our recommendations for when to arrange the changeover audit.
- Organisations which already hold ISO 9001:2008 certification can be recertified either by means of a recertification audit or a monitoring audit. Additional time for the new requirements needs to be planned in for both of these.
- If the changeover is not to be based on renewal of the ISO 9001:2008 certification, we can also carry out a special changeover audit.
- Any changeover audits conducted before the final draft of FDIS ISO 9001:2015 is published (scheduled for the beginning of July) will not be recognised.
- We also expect that each individual company will need to to invest a certain amount of time and effort in preparing for the changeover to the new standard; we therefore recommend scheduling ISO 9001:2015 certification audits from March 2016.
- By when should it be completed? All those who remember the changeover to the revised standard in 2003 will recall how hectic the last few months were and how difficult it was to schedule an audit. The three year changeover period will allow companies to make realistic plans, but we urgently recommend completing the changeover by 31.03.2018.
News on the revision to ISO standards 9001:2015 and 14001
Stuttgart, 19 February 2015 The publication date for the final drafts of ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 is approaching. To date, work for both standards is on schedule for the revised standards to be published this year.
IAF, the International Accreditation Forum, which is also responsible for the requirements imposed on the certification bodies, has published the transitional provisions for migration to ISO 9001:2015 and the ISO 14001:2015 as well. There is a three-year transition period for both standards from the date of publication (expected for September 2015). During this period, certification according to the previous standards is also valid. However, all of the validity periods for certificates issued using the old version under ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 during the three-year transitional period are limited to the last day of the transitional period. The internal effort required in individual cases will depend, for each organisation, on the maturity and effectiveness of the former management system, the organisational structures and the QM practices in place. In order to identify the effort involved for the transition in terms of resources and time, and to thus update the existing QMS so that the requirements imposed by the new standards will be fulfilled, we thus recommend that you
- identify the delta within your company between the requirements imposed by the new standards and the former standards
- based on the delta thus identified, create a transition plan adjusted to your organisation
- perform training sessions and implement measures to increase awareness of the requirements imposed by the new standards for all of the relevant, affected parties who impact the effectiveness of your organisation and management system
- only implement planning activities which may lead to significant changes in your system when the final draft (FDIS) of the standards has been publishedThe transition to the new standards can be performed as part of recertification or surveillance audits. In these cases the audit period will be adjusted in line with the additional effort. In addition, the transition can also be made via a transition/special audit at a date of your choosing.
DEKRA SE is one of the world’s leading expert organisations and currently runs activities in more than 50 countries on all five continents. About 35,000 employees are committed to ensuring long-term safety, quality and environmental protection. The DEKRA Business Units “Automotive”, “Industrial” and “Personnel” provide professional and innovative services in the fields of vehicle inspection, expertise, claims services, system certification, product testing & certification, industrial & construction inspection, consulting, qualification and temporary work. In 2014, DEKRA generated sales totalling approximately 2.5 billion Euros